Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stained Fingers on Thursday - A Review of Diamine's Blue-black Ink

Hello all,
Here it is, at last - the first of my Stained Fingers on Thursday ink reviews! For this first, regularly-scheduled review, I wanted to post an ink that I enjoy a lot. My review sheets will typically not be as messy/full, as this one is, but I hope that all of the content on this sheet gives you a good feel for this ink's behavior. A few notes on this review:
  • Despite it only saying "cartridge" at the top of the page, some of the review is done with bottled Diamine Blue-black, and I found no major difference between the two, as far as color is concerned. 
  • The Ink Characteristics tests were performed with a Pilot Pluminix, and the results are for that pen, which is a fairly dry-writing fountain pen.
As always, I welcome questions and comments, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about this new addition to my blog. If you have suggestions for how Stained Fingers on Thursday could be improved, please let me know! Without further ado...may I present the review!

Edit on March 3, 2013: Re-uploaded the scan to include the TWSBI Vac 700.

This review was scanned at 600dpi on an HP Officejet 6500 E710n-z.
Note: Because these scans are done with a light emitting printer, actual colors will, more likely than not, be slightly darker than they may appear, here. The colors shown, here, are probably a bit more reminiscent of what the ink would be like under a bright light or if it were held up and viewed with a light behind it.


  1. I like the format - perhaps you could include a summary in the blog text as well?

    If you like Blue/Blacks, Pelikan and Waterman both make nice examples worth trying (if you've not already).

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I shall do so!

      As for the inks, I have not tried either of those, but I will add them to the list of inks to try. There are many more ink reviews coming!